Citigroup’s Parsons, Martha Stewart Shop American Antiques Show

Writers Nora Ephron and Nicholas Pileggi arrived at the gala preview of the American Antiques Show last night looking for “a very reasonably priced small rug to put next to the bed.”

After browsing weathervanes and flags costing more than $100,000, Ephron said: “We’re absolutely not going to find it here.”

The preview, a benefit for the American Folk Art Museum, offered a first-look at 41 dealers’ booths on display at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea through Jan. 23.

Guests included Citigroup Inc. Chairman Richard Parsons; Neuberger Berman LLC’s Marvin C. Schwartz; Polo Ralph Lauren Corp.’s Jerry Lauren; the eldest daughter of former U.S. President Lyndon Johnson, Lynda Johnson Robb; and domestic diva Martha Stewart, who snapped photographs for her blog.

Standing next to a waiter serving brisket, antiques dealer John Rosselli showed off his purchase: a plate with his first name on it.

“It was made for a little boy. I’ll put it on my dresser, for my cufflinks,” he said. Rosselli’s wife, interior designer Bunny Williams, liked the vanity-plate concept.

“With a name like Bunny I could buy five rabbits here,” she said.

To contact the writer on this story: Amanda Gordon in New York at agordon01@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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Nicholas Pileggi and Nora Ephron at the American Antiques Show gala.

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Nicholas Pileggi and Nora Ephron at the American Antiques Show gala.

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Martha Stewart takes a photo at the American Antiques Show gala preview.

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Audrey Heckler and Richard Parsons at the American Antiques Show gala preview. Close

Audrey Heckler and Richard Parsons at the American Antiques Show gala preview.

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Donna and Marvin Schwartz at the American Antiques Show gala preview. The couple bought a doorstop. Close

Donna and Marvin Schwartz at the American Antiques Show gala preview. The couple bought a doorstop.

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Lynda Johnson Robb at the American Antiques Show gala preview. One of her prized possessions is a quilt made by a cousin of her father, President Lyndon Johnson. Close

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Aarne Anton at the American Antiques Show gala preview. Anton, the owner of American Primitive Gallery of New York, stands to the left of a shooting target made for traveling arcades. Close

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Nancy Druckman at the American Antiques Show gala. Druckman is the head of the Department of American Folk Art at Sotheby's. Close

Nancy Druckman at the American Antiques Show gala. Druckman is the head of the Department of American Folk Art at Sotheby's.

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Allan Katz and Lucy Danziger at the American Antiques Show gala preview. Close

Allan Katz and Lucy Danziger at the American Antiques Show gala preview.

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Laura Parsons and Stephen Corelli at the American Antiques Show gala preview. Parsons is president of the American Folk Art Museum and Corelli is the museum's president-elect. Close

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Philippe Segalot at the American Antiques Show gala preview. Close

Philippe Segalot at the American Antiques Show gala preview.

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John Rosselli at the American Antiques Show gala preview. He purchased his plate at the booth of Leatherwood Antiques of Sandwich, Massachusetts. Close

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